Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Christian Education degree offered by Northwest Nazarene University is a program of study offered to students in a completely online format. This program aims to prepare its students for a variety of future pursuits. Graduates of this program are prepared to take on a vocational ministry role, a youth or children’s pastor, a layperson wishing to acquire advanced skills and knowledge related to parachurch ministry, or positions in Christian schools or Christian camps. This program aims to equip its students with the competencies needed to advance in a Ministry based career or to acquire and hone skills and knowledge related to Theology, Ministry, the Bible, and more. The Master of Arts in Christian Education is a member of the Association of Theological Schools.

A student enrolled in this program will acquire myriad competencies related to ministry and Christian Education. By the end of this program, a student should be able to identify characteristics of development theory that are useful when educating and learning in educational ministries, as well as understand the values of the role of Social Science research as it relates to theology and informs the practice of teaching. A graduate of this program should gain understanding of the historical, theological, and philosophical foundations that relate to and influence educational ministry and practice. An objective of this program is to help students acquire the skills and knowledge needed to understand the demographics and to teach and influence those people and congregations toward Christian maturity and practices that reflect the tradition of Christian theology.

This program requires students to take and complete 32 credit hours of courses in order to graduate with the Master of Arts in Christian Education degree. The required courses include, but are not limited to: Biblical Foundations of Christian Educational Ministries, Introduction to Christian Education, Topics in Christian Education: Postmodern Ministry, Seminar in Christian Education: Youth and Children’s Ministry, Theoretical Foundations of Christian Education, and Theological Foundations of Christian Education.

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    Degree Level: Master

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    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Northwest Nazarene University is a private not-for-profit, four-year university with Christian-based values. Located on a 90-acre campus in the city of Nampa, Idaho, Northwest Nazarene first opened its doors in 1913 to elementary school students, and within two years, added high school and college programs. NNU is one of eight Church of the Nazarene affiliated liberal arts colleges. Northwest Nazarene University’s mission is: “the transformation of the whole person. Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.”

    The university supports a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies. NNU Online, maintained by the College of Adult and Graduate Studies gives students the options to earn online associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees.


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